A sacred voice: Mark Hollis sang the English gospel

Talk Talk began as 80s synth-pop stalwarts, but Hollis developed not only what became known as post-rock, but his own transcendent music

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I had listened to Talk Talk before, I’m sure, but the moment I first truly heard them was in 1989, in a small room in Bristol, when a friend played me Spirit of Eden. It struck me instantly as sacred music. When the singer sang, I immediately knew that it hurt.

For all that Talk Talk were a band, with valued members and collaborators, and for all their much-vaunted evolution from glistening synth-poppers to post-rock pioneers, their music contains one clear through line: Mark Hollis’s voice, and what that voice communicated.

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Source: The Guardian – A sacred voice: Mark Hollis sang the English gospel

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